Why Mid Wales Lakes & Mountains

History

The county in Mid Wales is Powys; the biggest county in Wales and the longest in Britain. Running from north to south beside the border, it is sometimes known as the backbone of Wales. Despite only being created in the 1970’s to include old Montgomeryshire, Brecknockshire, Radnorshire and a small part of Denbighshire, it is one of the most important areas of Wales. A lightly scattered population means that the Powys countryside is largely unspoilt. From the tip of southern Snowdonia, the Cambrian Mountains, the Mid Wales Marches and the Brecon Beacons, there is just so much to see. Powys is also home to a number of prominent towns with both traditional and alternative communities. Llandrindod Wells is the administrative capital, but Newtown is the largest. Machynlleth is the ancient capital of Wales, whilst Hay on Wye boasts one of the most famous festivals in the world. Powys is also a stronghold for the Welsh language and despite the fact that many towns significantly expanded during the 19th century it was not an area reliant upon mining, meaning that the ancient heart of the mid Wales towns remains intact today.

Activities

Acorn Adventure in Brecon Beacons is a great location to take part in water sports such as sailing, dragon boating, raft building and kayaking to name a few. It’s not all about the water; you can also take part in activities on dry land just a mile away. The Brecon Beacons National Park is in a part of Wales that is well-known for its exceptional natural beauty and historical character. The beautiful hills of the Brecon Beacons provide a huge variety of walks.
Try your hand at some paragliding with Fly West Wales, which boasts a huge choice of flying sites and standards of excellence in paragliding training, tuition and safety which has earned the official recognition of the British Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association (BHPA).
Walk along the river Severn and enjoy soaking up the countryside along the way. At 354km in length, the river Severn is the longest in the United Kingdom. Born on the foggy heights of Plynlimon, the Severn seeps slowly from a squelching mossy swamp, but very quickly, picks up speed and strength and is well into its stream stage, enlivened by waterfalls and cascades as it soars through Hafren Forest.

Arts & Culture

Explore Mid Wales further and visit some of the many museums they have displaying information on the history of the surrounding areas. The Brecknock Museum & Art Gallery displays archaeological and natural history. Llanidloes Museum of Local History and Industry, established in 1930 within the town's old Market Hall, a timber building and the only example surviving on its original site in Wales. Giving all visitors an insight to the history of what is surrounding them.
Brecon Cathedral, set within the only walled cathedral close in Wales, is considered one of the country’s finest buildings. Inside the Cathedral is a unusual yet beautiful Celtic font. The Havard Chapel is home to the original colours from the Zulu wars. Founded as a Benedictine priory, it became the parish church of Brecon in 1537. It sits on top of a crest a few hundred yards from the castle which had been established by Bernard Newmarch in 1093. The North transept is also the chapel for the South Wales Borders with their flags and regimental honours on display. All this has led to a lot of historic facts well worth exploring.

(Photo: ©VisitBritain / Britain on View)
 

Search results (22)

Brewers Lodge

Blackwood, Caerphilly

The Brewers Lodge was launched and opened in early 2016 and has 16 comfortable en-suite guest bedrooms, a...

£40 -£70 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
16
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon

The George Hotel

Brecon, Powys

This 16th-century coaching inn is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful surroundings of the...

£39 -£79 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
4
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon

The Crown Inn

Rhayader, Powys

The Crown is a picturesque pub in the centre of Rhayader. With a classic beamed interior we have crammed our...

3 * rating
£30 -£60 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
3
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon

Innkeeper's Lodge Cardiff

Cardiff, Glamorgan

If you're looking for hotels in Cardiff, our lodge offers budget accommodation close to the heart of the...

AA 4 * rating
From £49 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
17
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon

Twelve Knights

Port Talbot, West Glamorgan

The Twelve Knights is a warm and welcoming pub with a traditional feel offering bed and breakfast situated...

£50 -£70 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
10
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon

The Lamb & Flag

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

A recently refurbished traditional inn set near Sugar Loaf Mountain, the Brecon Beacons & the bustling market...

From £65 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
5
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon

Castle Inn

Usk, Sir Fynwy

The Castle Inn is a traditional family owned inn, situated in the centre of Usk. The inn offers comfortable...

Visit Wales 4 * rating
From £40 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
7
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon

The Royal Oak Inn

Llandovery, Carmarthenshire

This former hunting lodge offers a warm welcome and a friendly place to drink, dine and sleep.

£33 -£105 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
5
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon

The Maltsters

Llandaff , Cardiff

Situated in the heart of Llandaff village on the North-Western outskirts of central Cardiff, Maltsters is a...

From £75 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
5
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon

Castle Hotel

Llandovery, Carmarthenshire

The Castle Hotel provides guests with comfortable and stylish bedrooms for the perfect relaxing break in...

Visit Wales 4 * rating
£65 -£120 per room per night
Type:
Pub B&B
Rooms :
18
More Information Check Availability and Book Now ext link icon
Showing Results 1 - 10 of 22
Page 1 of 3
  • B&B
  • Self-Catering
  • Caravan Pitches
  • Multiple Accommodation